Sarbanes Secures $620,000 for Environmental Projects in Maryland’s Third District

June 29, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) secured $620,000 in federal funding for environmental restoration and protection efforts across Maryland’s Third Congressional District via the U.S. House of Representatives Fiscal Year 2022 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies funding bill.

“These critical investments in Maryland’s tree canopy and forests will help improve our state’s climate resiliency and boost air and water quality for thousands of Marylanders,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “I will continue working tirelessly to secure federal resources that strengthen communities across our state.”

Project funding secured by Congressman Sarbanes includes:

  • $500,000 for Clean Water Montgomery to advance watershed restoration in Montgomery County by promoting initiatives and projects that will improve tree canopy and water quality in local streams and waterways.
  • $120,000 for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to plant approximately 15,000 trees across 50 acres of streamside buffers, which will help improve air quality and reduce erosion and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

“We are thankful to Rep. Sarbanes for securing funding for Clean Water Montgomery and for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay,” said County Executive Elrich. “We are fortunate as a County to have a Congressional Delegation who are fighting against the threats of climate change and assisting the organizations on the ground making the progress that we need. Our continued investments, collaborations and partnerships between local, state and federal governments along with our innovative non-profits will continue to make a difference.”

“The positive effects of planting trees in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are significant and long-lasting,” said Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay CEO Kate Fritz. “In the last 50 years, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has planted over one million trees to stabilize stream banks, filter runoff and reduce sediments in our waterways. The Forests for the Chesapeake Bay funding allocated in the federal appropriations bill represents Congressman John Sarbanes’ continued commitment to a healthier Chesapeake Bay for all 18 million people who live, work and play here. With the pressing challenges of climate change and continued population growth, this funding will provide the public with the benefit of safer rivers and streams to enjoy for generations to come.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Sarbanes accepted Fiscal Year FY22 Community Project Funding requests to direct federal resources to nonprofit organizations or public entities, such as state and local governments. See here for more information.